Purcell Manuscripts: The Principal Musical Sources

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This is the first in-depth analysis of Purcell manuscripts to take full account of their physical features as well as their musical content. Robert Shay and Robert Thompson offer a richly illustrated study that sheds new light on the chronology of composition and copying of Purcell's works and reassesses the place of extant autographs in his musical development. Major sources are fully cataloged and Purcell's handwriting is more closely examined than ever before. This is a significant new reference tool for Purcell scholars.
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'It is no exaggeration to say that it is the most important contribution to Purcell scholarship since the appearance of Franklin Zimmerman's analytical catalogue of Purcell's music in 1963 … All in all, this book is likely to remain a standard work of reference for a long time to come.' Musical Times

'Robert Shay and Robert Thompson have produced the first major survey of Purcell manuscripts falling within the compass of his own period and artistic orbit. In its detail and comprehensiveness, Purcell Manuscripts: The Principle Musical Sources enables us to view the composer's achievement in the context of an abruptly changing political scene …' The Times Literary Supplement

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521028110
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 3/31/2006
  • Pages: 376
  • Product dimensions: 7.44 (w) x 9.69 (h) x 0.79 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
List of Tables
Bibliographical Procedure
List of Abbreviations
A Note on the Tables
1 Introduction: manuscript sources and Purcell's music 1
2 Fitzwilliam Museum Music MS 88 and three principal concordances 33
3 British Library Additional MS 30930 and its repertories 84
4 British Library Royal Music 20.h.8 and its repertories 126
5 Performing materials from the London sacred establishments and other sacred sources 177
6 Music for the theatre 231
7 Vocal, keyboard and instrumental music 260
App. 1 Identified copyists and early owners 305
App. 2 Unidentified copyists 316
Bibliography 318
Index of manuscripts in tables 330
Index of rastral measurements 334
Index of works mentioned in the text 338
Index of manuscripts mentioned in the text 344
Index of names mentioned in the text 348
Index of watermark types and personal marks in paper mentioned in the text 353
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